Please Give Me Exposition

  On one of the first Sundays of my first pastorate in 1977, I announced to my small rural congregation that I intended to preach “expository sermons.” Few understood what I meant, and I was later shocked to learn the ensuing confusion. It came to light when one of my members, a farmer and handyman, […]

A Working Philosophy for LIfe that Really Works

An Investigation into the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes   If the Bible were a university and all the sixty-six books of the Bible were courses of study within the scheme of that university, then we would call the book of Ecclesiastes “Philosophy 101.” Ecclesiastes is the philosophy class of Scripture, and today we’re going to […]

The Mount of Beatitudes

  This week in Israel we pondered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) on the Mount of Beatitudes, at or near the spot where Jesus taught 2000 years ago on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. An Inaugural Sermon: This was our Lord’s first recorded sermon. I’ve read the biographies of many great preachers, and I always pay […]

Bumping into Success Wherever You Go

  A Study of Joshua 1:8-9 The most life-changing decision we can make is our commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. That’s a decision I made as a child and ratified in college. I don’t remember the date of my childhood decision, but I remember very well September 3, 1971, when, at age […]